If the Project manager rarely sees the battlefield, and spends his time constructing fantasy plans without ever checking with reality and assuming that things will stay the same, then imagine how far removed the average programme manager is.
Some failures are just good managers failing to hit ridiculous targets. Others are driven by unspoken politics, many are caused by inability to define business goals, let alone requirements.
A five year study in Europe was enlightening.
I just survived one of those mind numbing risk management sessions at a project board meeting. As PM, I was expecting to handle this myself, but this particular project executive was determined to do it his way. We’d just sat through nearly two hours of meandering discussion when it was announced. Last item (not even … Read more